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92                            BYZANTINE CHURCHES                       CHAP.
in  his   Altchristliche   Baudenkmaler von   Konstantinopel   is
marred by serious mistakes.    Happily the new Government of the Empire is animated by an enlightened and liberal spirit, and at the request of His  Excellency   Sir  Gerard Lowther,   H.B.M.   Ambassador   to   the   Sublime  Porte, permission  was  granted  to  the  Byzantine   Research and Publication Fund to have the church examined as,thoroughly as its condition allowed, and to make all the plans, drawings, and  photographs  required  in the  interests of a scientific knowledge  of its  architectural character.    The Byzantine Research  and Publication  Fund was fortunate in having as   its  president, Edwin Freshfield, LL.D., so  long distinguished  for   his   devotion   to   Byzantine   archaeology, and it is mainly  due  to  his  generosity  that  the  means necessary  for  carrying  on  the study of the church were provided.    The society was, moreover, most happy in being able to secure the services of an architect in  Mr. W. S.' George, who already possessed considerable experience in the investigation of Byzantine buildings at Salonica and elsewhere.    Fortunately, also, the building was at the same time placed under repair, in view of its conversion into a museum of arms, thus affording exceptional facilities for the erection of scaffolding and the removal of plaster and other obstructions. Mr. George gave nearly five months to the study of the church, and  the results  of his careful investigations will appear in a monograph to be published by the Byzantine Research and Publication Fund.    But with great courtesy, in view of the fact that I was engaged on the present work, and also because I waived my own application for leave to study S. Irene in favour of the application  made  by the Byzantine Fund, I  have been allowed  to  anticipate  that monograph by making use of some of the results of Mr. George's  investigations.    For this  permission I am  very grateful, as it will add much to the value of this volume.    I visited the church frequently while Mr. George was at work upon it, and my account of its architectural features is based entirely upon the information he then kindly supplied, and upon the notes he has communicated to me since his return to England.